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Bahrain jails journalist over tweet: NGO

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A Bahraini has jailed a journalist for three months over a tweet deemed insulting to religion, Reporters Without Borders said today.

Faisal Hayyat, a journalist and a blogger who hosts a satirical channel on YouTube, was convicted yesterday of insulting a "religious symbol and group," the watchdog said.



He has been in detention since October 9, the last time he tweeted saying that he had been summoned by police for investigation.

The content of the tweet that the charges refer to is not clear, but on October 8, Hayyat posted tweets denouncing Muawiyah, the first caliph of the 7th-century Umayyad Caliphate, who is despised by Shiite Muslims for a conflict with their revered Imam Ali.

The Sunni-ruled kingdom has been shaken by unrest since security forces crushed protests led by crowds of its Shiite majority demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister in 2011.

Scores of Shiites have been jailed on charges of involvement in the unrest and others have been stripped of their citizenship.

The crackdown has drawn criticism from the United Nations and the United States.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Bahrain jails journalist over tweet: NGO

A Bahraini court has jailed a journalist for three months over a tweet deemed insulting to religion, Reporters Without Borders said today. Faisal Hayyat, a journalist and a blogger who hosts a satirical channel on YouTube, was convicted yesterday of insulting a "religious symbol and group," the watchdog said. He has been in detention since October 9, the last time he tweeted saying that he had been summoned by police for investigation. The content of the tweet that the charges refer to is not clear, but on October 8, Hayyat posted tweets denouncing Muawiyah, the first caliph of the 7th-century Umayyad Caliphate, who is despised by Shiite Muslims for a conflict with their revered Imam Ali. The Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom has been shaken by unrest since security forces crushed protests led by crowds of its Shiite majority demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister in 2011. Scores of Shiites have been jailed on charges of involvement in the unrest and others have ... A Bahraini has jailed a journalist for three months over a tweet deemed insulting to religion, Reporters Without Borders said today.

Faisal Hayyat, a journalist and a blogger who hosts a satirical channel on YouTube, was convicted yesterday of insulting a "religious symbol and group," the watchdog said.

He has been in detention since October 9, the last time he tweeted saying that he had been summoned by police for investigation.

The content of the tweet that the charges refer to is not clear, but on October 8, Hayyat posted tweets denouncing Muawiyah, the first caliph of the 7th-century Umayyad Caliphate, who is despised by Shiite Muslims for a conflict with their revered Imam Ali.

The Sunni-ruled kingdom has been shaken by unrest since security forces crushed protests led by crowds of its Shiite majority demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister in 2011.

Scores of Shiites have been jailed on charges of involvement in the unrest and others have been stripped of their citizenship.

The crackdown has drawn criticism from the United Nations and the United States.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Bahrain jails journalist over tweet: NGO

A Bahraini has jailed a journalist for three months over a tweet deemed insulting to religion, Reporters Without Borders said today.

Faisal Hayyat, a journalist and a blogger who hosts a satirical channel on YouTube, was convicted yesterday of insulting a "religious symbol and group," the watchdog said.

He has been in detention since October 9, the last time he tweeted saying that he had been summoned by police for investigation.

The content of the tweet that the charges refer to is not clear, but on October 8, Hayyat posted tweets denouncing Muawiyah, the first caliph of the 7th-century Umayyad Caliphate, who is despised by Shiite Muslims for a conflict with their revered Imam Ali.

The Sunni-ruled kingdom has been shaken by unrest since security forces crushed protests led by crowds of its Shiite majority demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister in 2011.

Scores of Shiites have been jailed on charges of involvement in the unrest and others have been stripped of their citizenship.

The crackdown has drawn criticism from the United Nations and the United States.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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